The many arms of the Multiplayer blog reach many sectors of MTV. Today we've got some inside scoop on the pricing info for "Rock Band," a game that many people are expecting, but that so many people are expecting to be expensive.
We've been told by our corporate chiefs that, actually, the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions will launch on November 23 at a cost of $169.99. That package will include the game, one guitar, a mic and a drum kit.
The surprise twist? The PS2 version of "Rock Band," once thought to be scheduled for 2008, will actually ship this year. The full PS2 package ships December 10 for $159.99.
The PS2 and PS3 guitars will be wireless. The 360 one will be wired. A wireless 360 guitar will be available at a later date, those MTV people tell us.
UPDATE: For those of you who don't know, "Rock Band" is MTV/EA's contender for the throne now held by Activision's "Guitar Hero" franchise. "Rock Band" is developed by Harmonix, the Boston-based MTV-owned studio responsible for the first two "Guitar Hero" games. ("Tony Hawk" developer Neversoft is making this fall's "Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.")
"Rock Band" garnered the official Best of Show award at E3. Its hook? It's the first rhythm game to let players jointly play as a band, with one each on the mic, drums, lead guitar and bass.
The new "Guitar Hero" will ship at the end of October, and will cost $90-$100, across every home game-playing device imaginable: Mac, PC, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii. It's also set for a DS release. Among its new touches are boss battles (most prominently, featuring Slash).
For a sense of how both games are coming together, check out my MTV News report from E3.
And now back to our regularly scheduled blogging...